Until Thanksgiving

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by Andy Scheer

Despite the declared purpose of next Thursday, the next few days can slip into a frenzy. Advertisements shout to draw my attention to the Friday sales — and away from thankfulness.

So I’m pausing to reflect.

This past week I ran across Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

I thought of that as I read a thank-you from someone whose manuscript I’d critiqued. I’d taken an hour at a conference to mark her opening pages, then sat with her for twenty minutes and offered my comments. I was just doing my job.

But she’d taken my advice to heart.

Her card brightened my week. Because I’d taken significant time from my office, I found work piled higher than usual. Discouragement lurked nearby.

Then I got her note. And a friend — someone I’d not seen in ten years — telephoned. He’d be in town on a business trip. Would my wife and I like to join him for dinner? Across the table we reviewed a decade of opportunities, challenges, and God’s faithfulness.

I’m not sure what kind of week my friend is facing, but I hope it goes a little better when he gets the note I just mailed.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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